Day 1 at Squamish Music Festival 2014 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Squamish Festival 2014

The 2014 edition of the Squamish Music Festival kicked off Friday with stellar performances spread across multiple stages. 35,000 music lovers are expected to attend the festival which continues through Sunday.

Heavy hitters like Bruno Mars, Foster the People and Nas came out for night one of the now-massive 4 day event.  With so much happening simultaneously, it was pretty much impossible to catch everything but I had a hell of a time trying.  A recap of the day’s highlights:

Circle Camping Area, 8:10 a.m.  Festival goers who purchased camping received word from organizers that, due to “unforeseen circumstances”, the grass in the camp did not have time to grow and was being replaced with sand.  Campers were encouraged to “embrace a beach-like attitude” on the event’s website, but one man’s beach is another man’s giant kitty litter box.

My pals and I awoke to the off-key screeching of a David Bowie song from two tents over, totally forgetting we’d strung a banner that read “LET’S DANCE” across our campsite the night before.  After a quick rinse in the communal sink to wash the kitty litter out of my beard, we hopped, skipped and jumped to the festival grounds.

Nico & Vinz, 2:30 p.m.  The Squamish lineup is loaded with established superstars, but Norweigan R&B newcomers Nico & Vinz are the only act playing this weekend with a song currently on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The smallish crowd gave the eclectic duo (“Afro Vikings”, as they call themselves) an enthusiastic response and turned their summer anthem “Am I Wrong?” into a giant sing-along.

Oh Canada!, 5:10 p.m.  Homegrown talent was out in full force Friday with Canadian artists spread out between the stages. Vancouver’s Expendable Youth played an electronic set at Blueprint Arena while Juno award winner Serena Ryder dazzled on the Tantalus stage. Best of all was Ontario’s Walk Off The Earth; the YouTube sensations played songs from 2013’s critically acclaimed “R.E.V.O.” and later covered Bruno Mars, Friday night’s main headliner.

Nas, 8:00 p.m.  Rap legend Nas brought classic beats to the big stage, delivering an hour long set mostly comprised of his debut album “Illmatic”. The classic disc turned 20 this year and Nas was clearly in a mood to celebrate, delivering blistering takes on  “One Love” and “The World Is Yours” backed by just a deejay with a laptop. Nas famously said that “hip hop is dead” in 2006 but thankfully, dude’s had a change of heart.

Bruno Mars, 9:30 p.m.  A bizarre scheduling conflict had Foster The People playing the Stawamus stage while headliner Mars played across the festival grounds on the Tantalus stage. Fans lucky enough to choose Mars were treated to an amazing set of hits from his first two albums and a few choice covers (R. Kelly, Prince and even a Ginuwine track made the cut). Mars easily won the young crowd over with his stellar voice and easy charm – after a sexed-up version of “Nothin’ On You”, he encouraged the crowd to “dig out some birth control for later” (probably not realizing that many of them had sleeping bags full of kitty litter waiting for them at camp).


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Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz

Nas on the Tantalus stage
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Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz


Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz


Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz


Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz


Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz


Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz

Bruno Mars stuns at Squamish Music Festival
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Image: Rob Feller/Vancity Buzz

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Rob Feller Rob is a huge music lover who lives just blocks away from some of Vancouver's most iconic concert venues. He's also been known to dress like a dork at shows in hopes of getting closer to the stage.
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